Princess Thyra’s Sapphire Pendant

Today marks the 1st Anniversary of the Death of Princess Elisabeth of Denmark, Queen Margrethe’s first cousin and the Last-in-line to the Danish Throne. While she never married and lived a discreet life, the late Princess possessed a nice collection of jewels, including today’s piece. 

Featuring a central sapphire surrounded by a diamond serpent, the Pendant originally belonged to Princess Thyra of Denmark, a daughter of King Frederick VIII of Denmark, who was the paternal aunt of Hereditary Princess Caroline Mathilde, the mother of Princess Elisabeth. Princess Thyra notably wore the Pendant at the Christening of the baby Princess Elisabeth Caroline-Mathilde Alexandrine Helena Olga Thyra Feodora Estrid Margrethe Désirée in 1935.

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After Princess Thyra’s death in 1945, like her Sapphire Tiara, the Pendant was inherited by Hereditary Princess Caroline Mathilde and soon given to Princess Elisabeth, who wore it, often with Princess Thyra’s Sapphire Tiara, suspended from a small string of pearls. After her death, the Pendant was inherited by her nieces, Countess Josephine, Countess Camilla, Countess Feodora of Rosenborg, who have sold a number of sapphire jewels in the past few months, but have retained this historic pendant.

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